Are you a senior leader (CEO or senior manager) working in an organisation located in the North East? Would you benefit from joining a cross-sector group of other leaders, to consider more dynamic ways of solving problems; and discovering solutions tried and tested by others?  Do you want to sharpen your own approach to learning by developing or embedding an open, probing mind, an ability to listen, question and explore ideas?   Would you like the time and space to reflect on their own performance and impact to ensure that you have the right tools to realise the ambition of your organisation?  Then this exciting Action Learning Set opportunity is for you! 

Facilitated by Helen Frankenberg (Director, North East Change Centre ), this opportunity will bring together 6-8 leaders drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, to develop their leadership, reflective and problem-solving skills.

The first session will take place at the end of September or beginning of October. This date will be agreed with interested/selected participants. The sessions will be full days from 10 am to 4 pm and take place in Newcastle City Centre.  Subsequent sessions will take place monthly or at another interval agreed by members at the first meeting.  It is expected that this ALS would last for around 8 months and include some form of training or support around the halfway mark, that would equip the participants to facilitate future action learning sets, thereby up-skilling more leaders across the North East. 



Members are expected to fully commit for the duration of the programme and sign up to the conditions and behaviors that make for a successful ALS.

There will be a total of 6 sessions and the cost to participants is £50 per session and the course fees should be paid up front. Participants can pay for their own lunches Regular reviews will be carried Learning will be built into a written report to be shared with the North East Together: Leaders Network for Social Change.


How to apply

Please email a short note (no more than 2 sides of A4) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 6th September 2018 with your name, your organisation (stating which sector you work in), and some information about what you have to offer AND what you expect to get out of the action learning set.  Find out more.

This programme supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances, and is delivered by Family Fund Business Services.  It provides items that meet a child’s most basic needs – such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to provide a hot meal and other items or services critical to child’s wellbeing.



The programme can help:

  • Vulnerable children and young people up to the age of 18 who are experiencing a crisis or emergency.
  • UK or EU citizens who are normally resident in the UK.
  • (Discretion may be given where a child or young person, or their family, have an asylum application under assessment or in circumstances where residency criteria is not consistent across the family unit).

It is unable to help:

  • Adults aged 18 and over.
  • Those who do not meet income criteria as defined by the programme.
  • Those who are leaving care who have access to separate, specific statutory provision.
  • Children and young people who do not meet the residence criteria as defined by the programme.

Please read the Emergency Essentials Referrer Guidelines for more details.


How to apply

Applications must be completed by a registered referrer who is part of an organisation that is supporting the family or young person and capable of assessing their needs.  

  • Referrers need to sign up using an organisation email address (e.g. not and a name (e.g. not manager@...).  
  • Applications can be made for multiple children in the same family for goods up to the value of £300.
  • Turnaround is approximately 5 days and includes delivery and fitting.

To register click here.

Please sign up today and support young people and children through the Emergency Essentials Programme, this is for support at all levels of need, Universal, early help, children with an EHA or involved with statutory services. 

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The Chancellor has announced that organisations which secure funding through EU programmes up until the end of 2020 – including the ESF – will be guaranteed by the UK government even in a no deal scenario.
As you know, the government previously committed to protect projects that secured funding before exit day. The announcement means successful bids for EU funding until the end of 2020 will receive their full financial allocation and will continue to receive funding over the project’s lifetime. This provides much needed certainty for those delivering ESF projects.
The government’s updated guidance is here: European Structural and Investment Funds programme guidance.
A Written Ministerial Statement has also been published.  Read it here.

The statutory Order to establish the Combined Authority has now been laid in Parliament. Over the summer, this will follow a standard legal process with the expectation that the Combined Authority will come into being in late October. The election of the Elected Mayor will subsequently follow in May 2019.

In readiness for this, a number of work streams are being progressed as follows:

  • The preparation of a draft Constitution which will detail the governance procedures of the new Combined Authority
  • The development of the North of Tyne Combined Authority’s Vision within the context of the North East Strategic Economic Plan
  • The development of an Assurance Framework for approval by Government to release the agreed Investment Fund at the inception of the Combined Authority
  • The putting in place of the various operational processes that will allow the Combined Authority to function effectively from its inception

With regard to the delivery of the thematic areas within the devolution deal, the focus is very much on mobilising activity and prioritising those areas of work that have specific deadlines associated with them.

For more information, read a stakeholder update letter from Jackie Laughton, Head of Corporate Strategy North Tyneside Council (on behalf of North of Tyne)

Thank you to all those who have already voted.   

We have had five nominations for the four places available for general representatives on the Committee, and so we’d now like to ask members to vote for the four people who they think would best represent them.

Nominations for the four geographical areas of the county, health and social care (2 places) and youth have been elected unopposed. Anne Lyall, Chief Executive Officer of NCVA - holder of the Commission - is also on the Executive Committee.

Download the list of nominees
Download the voting form

Please note, only members of the Assembly are entitled to vote.  If you are not sure if you are a member, please contact Ann Atkinson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01670 858688.

The deadline for voting is Tuesday 31st July 2018